We asked Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, our partners in the Food and Agriculture theme, to tell us about their work and their presence at COP26
CCAFS is a long-standing partner of the Global Resilience Partnership. Our goals are similar: we both strive to advance action on adaptation and resilience by innovating, sharing, convening and advancing. At CCAFS, we are convinced that no single organisation can alone address the critically important issues of global climate change, agriculture and food security. That’s why we seek to address such challenges and their impacts on agricultural practices, policies and measures through broad-based global partnerships.
Adaptation and resilience to climate change is needed on a large scale – and research and innovation play a big part in it. At CCAFS, we aim to foster agricultural innovation to address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change. But the current pipeline of investments in agricultural innovation across the globe is insufficient to limit the growing impacts of climate change on food security. To close the ‘innovation gap’ that limits our efforts to adapt to climate change, we at CCAFS want to transform agricultural innovation and harness the potential of research, innovation and partnerships to deliver positive outcomes for people, nature and climate.
This is the decade of action. In the past year, CCAFS and the UK FCDO have co-chaired a global campaign on Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate as a key part of the COP26 Sustainable Agriculture campaign.
This campaign seeks to foster a step change in the scale and pace of agricultural innovation to meet future demand for food, improve livelihoods, conserve nature and biodiversity, and adapt and build resilience to climate change within food, forests and agricultural commodity systems.
Our year-long campaign will culminate at COP26 with the launch of a Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture — the #ClimateShot – which will transform the multi-billion dollar research and innovation ecosystem that underpins agriculture and food systems. Bringing together changemakers from around the world in an informal alliance, this Global Action Agenda will seek to achieve four key objectives:
1 Increasing investment in agricultural R&I to create more climate-resilient, low-emission technologies and practices
2 Ensuring at least a third of agricultural R&I investments deliver demand-driven solutions across food systems, to protect nature and limit climate change
3 Showcasing successful business models and promote public-private partnerships that deploy these innovations on the scale needed to meet the climate and food security challenge
4 Building consensus on the evidence of what works, and facilitate dialogue among food and climate champions around the world.
The official launch of the Global Action Agenda will see the campaign set out the foundations for delivering on its ambitions, and those of our allies.